What constitutes an emergency?
Posted: Oct 4, 2013 | Author: Health4horses
Basically, if your horse shows signs of distress, you should consider some of the following, which may turn out to be an emergency situation.
- Any wounds near a joint, tendon or your horse’s foot
- Any lacerations involving the joints, tendons or large blood vessels
- Severe lameness
- Wounds affecting the eye
- Pain in the eye, which may result in the horse shaking its head, squinting or having teary eyes
- Bleeding that won’t slow down or bleeding from the nose
- Neurologic disorders, which may look like weakness and an unsteady gait
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficult delivery of a foal
- Stay calm – your horse will sense if you’re distressed.
- Call your vet immediately if you suspect your horse is having problems. You may receive advice by phone until help arrives.
- Adopt appropriate PPE measures until given the ‘all clear’ by your vet.